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GM: Free representative WR Pittman will be a Colt in ’24

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  • Stephen Holder, ESPNFeb 28, 2024, 04:03 PM ET


      Stephen signed up with ESPN in 2022, covering the Indianapolis Colts and NFL at big. Stephen ended up top place in column writing in the 2015 Indiana Associated Press Media Editors competitors, and he is a previous top-10 winner in explanatory journalism in the Associated Press Sports Editors nationwide contest. He has actually narrated the NFL given that 2005, covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2005-2013 and the Colts considering that 2013. He has actually formerly worked for the Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times, Indianapolis Star and The Athletic.

INDIANAPOLIS– Colts basic supervisor Chris Ballard provided a concise however vibrant forecast when asked Wednesday at the NFL searching integrate whether impending complimentary representative receiver Michael Pittman Jr. will be on the lineup next season.

“Yes,” Ballard stated, without a tip of doubt.

It was a significant, if quick, reply to an important concern dealing with Indianapolis. The Colts’ leading wideout the previous 3 seasons, Pittman is set to end up being a totally free representative in the coming weeks after playing out his novice agreement.

Provided Pittman’s choice to evaluate the open market, the only method of really making sure Pittman stays on the lineup for the 2024 season is to franchise-tag the 2020 second-round choice. NFL groups have up until next Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET to designate a franchise gamer.

The nonexclusive franchise tag enables gamers to work out with other clubs, however it eliminates their unlimited status since the gamer’s initial group keeps the right to match a contending deal or get 2 first-round choices as settlement if the gamer indications with another club. The accompanying 1 year wage for a franchised pass receiver this year is $21.816 million.

Concerning the concept of utilizing the tag, which the Colts have not used because designating previous punter Pat McAfee in 2013, Ballard stated, “It’s a tool we have. I’m not going to state we’re not going to utilize it, however I’m not going to state we are. Ideally we can pertain to a contract and discover some compromise on an offer.”

Ballard stated those discussions are underway with Pittman’s agents, however reaching an offer might show difficult, specifically before Tuesday. Pittman has actually revealed a desire to optimize his complimentary company, stating just recently, “I would not be doing my due diligence if I didn’t check out every alternative and discover the very best fit.”

On Wednesday, Ballard stated, “We’ve had talks with [Pittman’s] representative, who is truly excellent … We’ll strive to get an offer done.”

Pittman’s worth to the Colts has actually long been clear. The 26-year-old has actually balanced 99 receptions and 1,053 lawns throughout the previous 3 seasons, throughout which he has actually had fun with 6 various beginning quarterbacks.

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